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HIP! Neo-Nazis banned under new British terror laws
HOORAY! Pro-BDS candidate trounced in UJS election
In a year dominated by bad news, there
were finally reasons to be cheerful this
week with a trio of positive stories welcomed across the Jewish community.
On Sunday student Eran Cohen, who supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
(BDS) movement against Israel, saw his con-

troversial run for the presidency of the Union


of Jewish Students come to an abrupt end, as
he garnered a paltry 89 votes eight percent
of the total. Clear election winner Josh Holt
heads an Israel advocacy team at the Board of
Deputies.
The following day, Prime Minister Theresa

May announced the UK was adopting the definition of anti-Semitism used by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance,
which is widely considered to be far more
specific than anything used previously.
Hours later came a collective cheer when
National Action, an anti-Semitic organisa-

tion consisting of white supremacists based


largely in the north of England, was proscribed by Home Secretary Amber Rudd,
after years of campaigning from Jewish
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Jewish News 15 December 2016

News / Tackling hatred

UK to adopt new antiSemitism definition


The government will formally adopt an internationally-recognised definition of
anti-Semitism that highlights
modern expressions of hate,
Theresa May announced this
week, writes Justin Cohen.
The prime minister revealed
that Britain will become one of
the first countries to individually adopt the International
Holocaust
Remembrance
Alliance definition when she
addressed 800 guests at Conservative Friends of Israels
annual lunch in central London
on Monday.
May told guests, including
several members of the cabinet
and hundreds of parliamentarians, that her aim for Britain is
to be the same as Israel in guaranteeing the rights of people of
all religions, races and sexualities enabling all to flourish.
It is unacceptable that

there is anti-Semitism in this


country, she said. It is even
worse that incidents are reportedly on the rise. As a government, we are making a difference and adopting this measure
is a groundbreaking step.
It means there will be one
definition of anti-Semitism in
essence, language or behaviour
that displays hatred towards
Jews because they are Jews
and anyone guilty of that will be
called out on it.
The definition adopted
earlier this year by IHRA, which
is made up of 31 member countries states: Anti-Semitism
is a certain perception of Jews,
which may be expressed as
hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical
and physical manifestations
of anti-Semitism are directed
toward Jewish or non-Jewish
individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish commu-

nity institutions and religious


facilities.
IHRA highlights contemporary examples that could
constitute
anti-Semitism
including denying the Holocaust,
drawing
parallels
between Israeli policy and the
Nazis and accusing Jews of
being more loyal to Israel than
their home country. Criticism
of Israel similar to any other
country cannot be regarded as
anti-Semitic, it states.
The government said its
adoption will ensure culprits
will not be able to get away with
being anti-Semitic because the
term is ill-defined or because
different organisations or
bodies have different interpretations of it.
Communities
Secretary
Sajid Javid said: There can be
no excuses for anti-Semitism
or any other form of racism

or prejudice. Crimes must


always be reported and the law
enforced, but we also want an
environment that prevents
hate crime in the first place.
Communal organisations
praised the prime minister for
the move. Board of Deputies
president Jonathan Arkush
said: With anti-Semitism on
the rise, it has become essential to have a clear definition
against which to assess attitudes that are or may be racist.
The adoption of the IHRA formulation will bring clarity and
consistency.
Simon Johnson, chief executive of the Jewish Leadership
Council, said: The recommendation of a definition of
anti-Semitism was made by
the Home Affairs Select Committee and it is welcome that
the government is to accept this
recommendation and institute

Prime Minister Theresa May at the CFI lunch on Monday

a definition of anti-Semitism.
Chief Rabbi Ephraim
Mirvis said: My hope is that
the adoption of this definition
will provide a clarity which will
herald a far more effective discourse on the ways that we can
highlight and challenge antiSemitism wherever it is found.
Michael Newman, chief
executive of The Association of Jewish Refugees and
chair of IHRAs Communication Working Group, said:
Adopting IHRAs working definition of anti-Semitism demonstrates the governments
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Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, which is also a representative for the UK at IHRA,
said: This definition will leave
people in no doubt when a line
is crossed a crucial step in the
fight against anti-Semitism.
Dr Moshe Kantor, president
of the European Jewish Congress, said: The absence of a
robust definition for anti-Semitism has allowed this insidious
form of hate to develop beyond
words and into hate crime and
other violent actions.
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Balfour centenary / News


NEWS IN BRIEF

BIBI TO ASK TRUMP


TO BACKTRACK ON
IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL
Benjamin Netanyahu has said he
will press US President-elect Donald
Trump to unwind the Iran nuclear
deal, saying there are various ways
of undoing it.
The Israeli prime minister denied
that the animosity between him and
Barack Obama was personal and
also denied that it was disrespectful
to appear before the US Congress
to lobby against the deal, while
negotiations over it were in such a
delicate phase.

AMERICAN ACTRESS
CANCELS LIMMUD
APPEARANCE
The American-Jewish actress and
neuroscientist who played the title
character in the TV hit Blossom has
pulled out of this years Limmud.
A spokeswoman for Mayim
Bialik, 41, said she could no longer
attend the educational event,
saying: Unfortunately, Mayims
work schedule has changed. She
sends her regrets and hopes to be a
part of this event next year.
The Birmingham event runs
from 25 to 29 December.

May: Britain proud


of Balfour centenary
Theresa May has revealed the
UK will mark the centenary of
the Balfour Declaration with
pride, saying it was one of
the most important letters in
history.
The comments came in a
speech to 800 guests at the
Conservative Friends of Israel
(CFI) parliamentary lobby
group lunch on Monday,
her first on Israel and issues
affecting the Jewish community since becoming prime
minister.
May said Lord Balfours
short letter to Lord Rothschild
in 1917 demonstrates Britains
vital role in creating a homeland for the Jewish people and
it is an anniversary we will be
marking with pride.
She also praised the International Development Secretarys decision to freeze aid
to the Palestinian Authority
pending the outcome of an
investigation into allegations

May expressed pride in the UKs role in establishing Israel

that the aid goes toward the


payment of salaries to convicted terrorists.
Addressing Britains role
in a post-Brexit world, she
said the country would forge
new relationships, adding:
Israel will be crucial to
us as we do that. Because
I believe our two countries
have a great deal in common.
Israeli Ambassador Mark
Regev had earlier said the UK
and Israel shared common

values, listing areas in which


there is already bilateral cooperation, such as health, counterterrorism and technology.
CFI director James Gurd
said it had been a year of political tumult, adding that Mays
clear vision of deepening the
UK-Israel relationship and her
groundbreaking
announcement of adopting a new definition for anti-Semitism proves
this is a government of action,
and not just words.

SOCIAL MEDIA SHOWS


UP SHOCKING RACISM
Social media has helped reveal
the shocking level of abuse
directed against Jews and
other minority communities, the countrys most senior
police officer has said.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard HoganHowe said YouTube videos
and other online messages
had revealed the scale of the
problem. The Scotland Yard
chief said reporting of hate

crimes had declined since


a sharp spike following the
Brexit vote, but had still not
returned to the levels seen
before the EU referendum.
Sir Bernard said he had
been surprised by the abuse
Jewish people had received
while he was an officer in Merseyside, and social media was
now allowing hate-fuelled
abuse to be revealed to a wider
audience.

Racist far-right group


will be banned in UK
A neo-Nazi movement is to
become the first extreme
right-wing group banned as
a terrorist organisation, the
government has announced.
An order laid in Parliament on Monday to proscribe
National Action under the
Terrorism Act 2000 came into
effect on Wednesday.
It means that being a
member of, or inviting support for, the group is now a

criminal offence.
Announcing the move,
Home Secretary Amber
Rudd said: National Action
is a racist, anti-Semitic and
homophobic
organisation
which stirs up hatred, glorifies
violence and promotes a vile
ideology. I will not stand for
such a group.
It has absolutely no place
in a Britain that works for
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The Muslim Community
Create Volunteering Network,
unveiled by Islamic leaders
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Christian figures, follows a
similar launch earlier this year
by Catholic charity Caritas,
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Julie Siddiqi, the founder
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Network and former director
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Britain, praised the way the
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Family and friends have paid heartfelt tributes


to a 34-year-old father who passed away last
weekend from motor neurone disease.
After being diagnosed with the condition last
year, Leeds-born Robert Davidson helped set
up the Robert Sinclair Davidson Foundation, a
charity offering financial support to young couples and families who have been affected by lifethreatening and terminal illnesses.
Rabbi Dovid Katz, of West Hampstead
Chabad, co-officiated Roberts funeral on
Monday with Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence of Kinloss.
He said: I have known Rob for more than
five years. We met at a Torah class and became
close. He was always thrilled when we donned
tefillin together and just three weeks ago, we
put on tallit and tefillin (pictured). One could
see the immense pleasure it brought him.
He was very generous, kind and genuine,
and we had many discussions about the
meaning of life and what God wants from us.
Robert played Maccabi League football
for Oakwood A. The teams joint manager Ric
Blank said: Our condolences go to Robs wife
and daughter. He touched so many lives with
his infectious personality. Everyone at the club
is incredibly sad.
Rob had the respect of all, yet his greatest
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NEWS IN BRIEF

BILL TO BAN NONORTHODOX PRAYER


A bill to prevent non-Orthodox
public prayer at the Western Wall
has been submitted to the Knesset.
Under the measures, the
site would be placed under the
jurisdiction of the Chief Rabbinate
and be governed by the religious
practice approved by the Chief
Rabbinate and Israels rabbinic
courts, which in practice is Orthodox.
A fine of some 1,800 or a sixmonth prison sentence would be
levied on participants in egalitarian
prayer services or on women who
use a tallit or tefillin. [JTA]

LIKUD HAS A ONE


-STATE VISION
A parliamentarian in Benjamin
Netanyahus right-wing Likud
party has said Likud shares a
one-state vision where
Palestinians live under a Jewish
state, and that Netanyahu only
talks about two states because
he feels obliged to.
Miki Zohar was speaking
by video to J-TV alongside the
Zionist Unions Yossi Yona, a
fellow Member of the Knesset
(Israeli parliament) in a debate
about the viability and desirability
of a two-state solution.

MAN SHOT AFTER


STABBING POLICE
A Palestinian man who stabbed
two Israeli police officers with a
screwdriver in Jerusalem has
been shot and killed.
The 21-year-old, who was reported
to be from Hebron, stabbed one
of the officers in the head near the
Austrian Hospice guesthouse in the
Old City. Officers shot the attacker,
who was taken to an Israeli hospital
and later died of his wounds.
The officers, who were lightly
wounded, were from Israels
paramilitary border police and the
national police.

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UJS elections / Corbyns connections / News


NEWS IN BRIEF

JEWISH WAR FORGER


DIES, AGED 99
Adolf Burger, a Jewish
typographer forced by the Nazis
to make fake British pound notes
in a major counterfeit operation
during the Second World War,
has died aged 99. Slovakian-born
Burger was arrested in 1942 and
deported to Auschwitz with his
wife, Gisela, who died there. At
Sachsenhausen he became one of
some 140 inmates who were put to
work forging British pound notes, a
plan to destabilise Britain.

SCOTTISH RABBI
REVEALS ATTACK
A Scottish rabbi has revealed he
and his family were victims of an
anti-Semitic attack. Rabbi Yossi
Bodenheim, the Jewish chaplain
for Scottish universities, told
Parliament that he was walking with his wife and children
in central Edinburgh last month
when his wife was shoved and his
kippah taken from his head and
thrown to the ground. He said:
That incident took place in front
of my young children. You can
imagine how distressed they were
by it. [JTA]

Holt beats pro-BDS


hopeful in UJS vote
Student Josh Halt has been elected the new head
of the Union of Jewish Students after winning
almosttwo-thirdsofthevotesattheunionsannual
conference on Sunday.
The Nottingham University undergraduate
(pictured) won 682 first preference votes out of
1,049 cast, while fellow candidate Adam Schapira
won 258 votes and Eran Cohen won 89.
Cohens candidacy had widened debate this
year, owing to his fierce criticism of Israels
policies and passionate support for Palestinian
rights which, he says, caused him and other likeminded students to be sidelined.
Current UJS president Josh Seitler acknowledged: We should not mistake majority mandated campaign positions for parameters
that limit thoughtful exchanges of ideas
and education within JSocs and UJS.
He criticised voices within the
Jewish communities that had suggested non-Orthodox views should
not be given the respectability of a
platform, saying: There is space for
the religious Zionist who doesnt want
to divide Jerusalem or relinquish
Judea and Samaria. There is
room at the Friday Night
dinner table for the nonZionist whose Jewish

identity is spiritual and who is ambivalent about


Israel. And there is a place for the internationalist opposed to all borders, nation states and by
extension Zionism and many more views in
between, he said.
Holt, a student trustee on the UJS National
Council, paid tribute to the amicable and
respectful way the candidates had conducted
their campaigns despite the diversity of views.
Jewish students have voted to continue working
with the National Union of Students (NUS) and
its anti-Israel president Malia Bouattia.
The vote, at the UJS annual conference was
an opportunity missed, according to one of the
two students who proposed the motion.
Students animatedly discussed the pros
and cons of suspending the working relationship between the UJS and NUS.
Josh Holt elected UJS president
2017-18 at the same conference said:
We have to try to make change for
ourselves and we are best placed to do
that when we are in the room.
But motion co-sponsor Binyomin
Gilbert said: It was a key opportunity
to stand up against what many
Jewish students do see as
a core and fundamental
problem in the NUS.

Corbyn attends antiIsrael authors event


Jeremy Corbyn has been
urged to immediately
disavow links to a controversial anti-Israel group,
after being pictured at one
of its events.
The Labour leader
has been criticised for
attending a book reading
hosted by the Islamic
Human Rights Commis- Jeremy Corbyn with Hatem Bazian
sion (IHRC), dubbed a
disgraceful organisation by President Marie van der Zyl
said it was profoundly disthe Board of Deputies.
IHRC also organises the appointing that Corbyn
annual anti-Israel Al-Quds attended the meeting and
Day demonstration in London, that the group had also given
which regularly features the an Islamophobe of the Year
flags of terror groups Hamas award to the Charlie Hebdo
staff two months after they
and Hezbollah.
The book being read was were killed. She said: We call
by anti-Israel activist Hatem on Mr Corbyn to disavow this
Bazian, with whom Corbyn disgraceful organisation.
Jennifer Gerber, director
was seen at the event.
It calls Zionism set- of the partys Friends of Israel
tler colonialism and argues group, said: We find it strange
for a theoretical basis for that Jeremy Corbyn would
approaching Palestine as a sub- think its appropriate to attend
ject without falling into pitfalls an event organised by a group
of an internationally supported which says the party he leads is
indebted to Jewish financiers
peace process.
Board of Deputies vice with Zionist leanings.

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Jewish News 15 December 2016

News / Spanish honour / JFS Ofsted / Shoah reunion

Rabbis honour Spanish king


Amid the splendour of Madrids El Pardo Palace,
the jovial head of Royal protocol is working the
room like few others can, writes Justin Cohen.
With kisses, hugs and handshakes, he greets the
visiting delegation of 40 rabbis from around
Europe as well as civil society leaders and members of the local Jewish community.
The scene couldnt have been further
removed from the 1492 decree by former monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella that saw hundreds of thousands of Spanish Jews forced to
convert to Catholicism or flee the country they
had for centuries called home.
More than 520 years later, the Conference
of European Rabbis (CER) were welcomed to
Madrid like returning friends for a ceremony
honouring current monarch Felipe VI, partially
for his efforts to address an episode the government has described as an historic mistake.
Receiving the Lord Jakobovits Prize of European Jewry, the king dedicated it to the generations of Sephardim who taught their children to
love the memory of Sepharad, saying the CERs
work was particularly important at a time when
the continent was facing such uncertainty.
European identity cannot understand
without taking into account the decisive contribution of the Jews, who have lived in the continent since the dawn of history, he told the
gathering. Now, as it did then, Europe needs the
invaluable contribution of its Jewish communities, because we need to be honest and respectful
to both our common Judeo-Christian values and

origins, and also with the broader sense of human


values we are trying to defend worldwide amidst
horror and hatred.
The monarch pushed for a change in the
law, enacted last year, enabling descendents
of those who fled to gain Spanish citizenship
while holding a second passport a right previously only afforded to people from former
colonies and Portugal.
He has also been praised for his magnificent support for Israel including attending last
months funeral of Shimon Peres and leading
from the front on Holocaust commemoration.
He said: All of Spains efforts in recent years to
return the countrys Jewish culture to its rightful
state are simply a duty in the name of justice. All
of the Sephardims unyielding love and loyalty
towards Spain represents a powerful example
for all peoples. It certainly deserves our deepest,
permanent and most sincere gratitude.
He hailed the work of the small town of Castrillo the mayor of which was invited to the
ceremony as a symbol of the fight against
anti-Semitism. Under Lorenzo Roriguez Perezs
leadership, the town voted in 2014 to change its
name from Camp Kill Jews which dated back
to 1627 to the original Jews Hill Camp.
Presenting the award, CER president Rabbi
Pinchas Goldschmidt described the king as a
pillar of support for the Jewish community.
The Chief Rabbi of Moscow stressed the
responsibility of religious leaders taking the lead
in combating extremism.

King Felipe VI with Pinchas Goldschmidt and fellow visitors at the Conference of European Rabbis

We set the tone for our communities and


we can help leaders around the world to combat
this evil. However, in an era where anti-Semitism is on the rise throughout Europe, Spain
has taken extraordinary measures to make its
Jews feel welcome.
Not only did the Minister of Justice acknowledge the expulsion of what he has called an historic mistake he ensured that action was taken
to rectify it.
Frances Manuel Valls and Germanys Angela

Merkel have also received the CER prize, created


in memory of the former UK Chief Rabbi, which
recognises the leading figures who have defended
religious rites and combatted anti-Semitism.
Rabbi Joseph Dweck, senior rabbi of the S&P
Sephardi Community of the UK, said more than
a dozen people have sought information on their
lineage in the hope of gaining citizenship.
He said it was very moving and meaningful
to hear the king speak so highly of Jewish
people and Sephardim in particular.

JFS gets good Ofsted rating SHOAH SIBLINGS ARE REUNITED


JFS has earned a good rating from Ofsted
inspectors, two years after being dramatically
downgraded to requiring improvement.
A report released yesterday highlighted
changes to the governing body and senior leadership team as having brought about rapid
improvement, the school said.
Europes largest Jewish school faced severe
criticism at the time of its last report in 2014, but
the new report classed quality of teaching, effectiveness of leadership and behaviour and welfare
all as good. Study programmes for 16 to 19-yearolds were described as outstanding.
Inspectors found leaders hold an ambitious

vision for their school and have high expectations


of pupils. Outcomes in public examinations at
the end of key stage four and in the sixth form are
very good. It added: Leaders have a sensitive
awareness of the faith context of the school and
the need to promote British values. Pupils are
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Two pairs of Polish Jewish siblings, who each


believed their entire families died in the Holocaust, have met for the first time at the Yad
Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem.
The tale started earlier this year when one
of the siblings, Fania Blakay, found a testimony
in the Yad Vashem database about her father.
The testimony had been filled out by her fathers
brother-in-law, who Blakay had been told had
died. The brother in-law, it turns out, had actually survived the Holocaust and immigrated with
his wife and daughters to Israel. The daughters
Blakays cousins were living in Israel.
On Tuesday, Blakay and her brother Gennadi

Band both of whom also live in Israel were


united with their first cousins Henia Moskowitz
and Rywka Patchnik. I am moved and happy,
Blakay said, according to a statement. My father
always searched for members of his family and
dreamed of finding them. He was alone. But ultimately his dream has come true.
Moskowitz said that when she initially
received a call from Yad Vashem, she did not
believe the news. I thought this news was a
mistake. However, today when we met, I felt a
connection at first sight; my family has grown
overnight, she said. Thanks to Yad Vashem, we
discovered that we are not alone. [JTA]

Rudd praise at
Board reception
Home Secretary Amber Rudd praised the
immense contribution of Britains Jewish
community at the Board of Deputies Parliamentary Chanukah reception.
Monday nights event, hosted by Robert
Halfon MP, was attended by more than 100
parliamentarians including Rudd, Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, Chief Rabbi
Ephraim Mirvis, ITVs Robert Peston and Israels Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely.
Rudd said: The contribution of the Jewish
community has been immense and I want to
ensure the government recognises this so we
can all benefit from it. The Jewish community
is a model of integration. Despite this, there are
terrible people who wish to do terrible things.

Robert Peston introduces the home secretary

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis congratulated


Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush
for the outstanding manner in which you are
leading and representing our community.
He added: Let us dedicate ourselves to
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Jewish News Meets... Israels new ambassador to Turkey

Turkey for Chanukah


Eitan Naeh speaks to Jewish News about the challenges of his new role as Israels new envoy in
Ankara and his hopes for improved relations between the countries. By Stephen Oryszczuk

hen Israels deputy ambas-

sador to the UK swapped tea


for chai last week, leaving
London for Ankara as Israels
new ambassador, he carried the strategic
hopes of Jerusalem on his shoulders.
For Eitan Naeh, this is a return to Turkey,
where he was posted earlier in his career.
Now he is Israels ambassador there, and at
one of the most sensitive times imaginable,
six months after the two regional powers
shook hands on a reconciliation deal in which
they agreed to work to rebuild a once-strong
relationship.
That relationship is crucial and the stakes
could not be higher. America and Russia are
buzzing planes and bombing rival proxies in
Syria, the disintegrated state bookmarked by
Turkey to the north and Israel to the south.
Amid the mess are 25,000 Hezbollah fighters
siding with Russia and Syrias president
Assad. Turkey likes neither. Israel, for its part,
remains aloof. And so must Naeh.
Last week, he presented his credentials
to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoan,
a moderate Islamist and authoritarian
strongman who once blamed Zionists,
together with a US-based cleric, Fethullah
Glen, for plotting to overthrow him. On this,
Naeh has no comment, other than to say how
warmly Erdogan welcomed him.
He insisted that I bring my family, said
Naeh, speaking to Jewish News. He insisted
on me introducing my family to him and on
inviting them to the official discussions that
followed the ceremony, which was a very nice
gesture and received as such, so my reception at the palace was warm indeed, a genuine
welcome. Video of the ceremony attracted
150,000 views on the embassys Facebook
page, which shows a lot of interest, a lot of
warmth and a very clear message, Naeh says.
Im also getting a lot of welcome messages
from Turkish citizens too.
Interestingly, one of his first official visits
was to the mausoleum of Atatrk, the founder
of modern Turkey, where he laid a wreath on
the grave. In the visitors book, he wrote of his
profound respect and esteem for the father
of the Turkish nation whose legacy stands as
a beacon to the whole world.
That legacy of secularism, political rights
to the disenfranchised, checks and balances
between the executive, legislature and

Israels new envoy to Turkey, Eitan Naeh, left, at a meeting with Turkish president Recep
Tayyip Erdogan at which he presented his credentials to take up his new position

judiciary is under threat like never before,


although Naeh would never say so. Erdoan
has purged Turkey of generals, journalists,
judges and MPs, and has pushed through a
new constitution, giving him new powers. But
on this, the ambassador has no comment.
Naeh does say the two men discussed past
achievements and looked to the future for
opportunities and co-operation, adding that
the states share common history, geography,
culture, and warmth. Hes keen to talk about
trade, a big priority which he says didnt
take a big hit during the past six years, when
relations were downgraded after Israeli
commandos boarded a Gaza-bound vessel and
killed nine Turkish activists.
But while there is more talk of opportunities in all possible areas, whether its
agriculture or energy, Naeh wont be drawn
on whether Turkey will buy Israels Mediterranean gas, except to say its one of the main
areas where we have a common interest.
Another common interest is Syria, where
Turkey is supporting the Syrian rebels, who
are losing, and where Hezbollah supports
Assad, who is winning. Given that Americas

Bibi scandal charge


Israeli opposition politician Erel Margalit of the Zionist Union has launched
a campaign calling for prime minister
Benjamin Netanyahu to be investigated
by the Supreme Court for corruption.
At issue is a scandal over reports
that Netanyahus personal lawyer represented a German company involved
in a US$1.5billion (1.19billion) sale of
submarines to Israel, raising questions

about the prime ministers possible


involvement. Iran, Israels arch enemy,
was said to have a stake in the company.
Police say they are looking into it
but not investigating. Margalit said:
This is corruption at its worst.
The campaign has released images
which it says portray Netanyahu living
lavishly as well as newspaper headlines
about scandals.

next president could well arm the rebels


with an air-defence system, might Israel help
too, if for no other reason than to weaken
Hezbollah? No comment.
What about the fraught relations between
Turkey and Russia. Could Naeh play peacemaker? Thats not his job.
So far, so diplomatic, but Turkeys sizeable (and to Erdoan, troublesome) Kurdish
community cannot be ignored. In the 1960s,
Israel supported the Kurdish resistance and in
2014 Benjamin Netanyahu said Kurdistan was
worthy of statehood. Kurds talk warmly of
their Jewish friends and relations, and many
Kurds live in Israel, but the very mention of
this minority in Ankara is akin to swearing.
So, does the ambassador plan to have any
relations with the Kurdish community in
Turkey? Im here to promote relationships
between Turkey and Israel, and between the
Turkish people and the Israeli people. Yes,
but Turkish people includes Kurdish people,
no? Once again, my job is to
Perhaps an easier area for the ambassador is tourism. For years, Israelis took their
holidays in Turkey, but numbers are down

because of the situation. Does he expect


tourism to increase again now? It depends
on the Turkish authorities, and how welcome
they make them feel.
Lets turn to safer ground: Gaza. As part of
the reconciliation deal, Turkey now gives aid,
which is checked at Ashdod, to Gaza. If things
go well, could Israel envisage Turkey playing
a bigger role? We have an interest in seeing
Turkey help with the economic situation in
Gaza, but I cannot see into the future... It is in
our own interests to see Gaza flourish, and to
see the economic situation in Gaza improve,
and at the same time to fight terrorism.
Returning to Turkey-Israel relations,
Naeh invokes a long history, once far more
cordial than it has been recently. Turks
opened their doors to Jews at the end of the
15th century, when Jews were expelled from
Spain. In fact, some of my very distant relatives are buried here, in Istanbul. Turks then
opened their doors to Jews who escaped from
Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Jews helped to
establish some of the great universities here.
Turkey sent help to Israel after the fires, and
Israel sent help to Turkey after the earthquakes, so weve helped each other in times
of need. The challenge now is to take all these
ingredients and put the relationship back
where it ought to be. On the importance of
that relationship, he says: One neednt be an
expert to look at a map to see where Israel is,
see where Turkey is.
Finally, what will he miss most about the
UK? I wont miss the weather! he says, in
a rare undiplomatic moment. I left many
friends, some lifelong friends. I will miss
the embassy and the staff, but my successor
[Sharon Bar-li] is very able and highly
talented. I will miss London. When one is
tired of London, he is tired of life. But Ankara
is a fun place too. Im going to a pop concert
on Sunday. So life continues. I have friends
here, from my past posting, and you make new
friends. The Israeli community in Turkey is
very small, but the Jewish community is in
many places, and I will meet them in the near
future. I very much enjoyed working with
the British Jewish community. Its a great
community, highly organised and sophisticated. We were blessed to work with them. I
have family in Manchester, so we will be back.
But certainly I can say London was my cup of
tea and Ankara is my cup of chai!

WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF

Your weekly digest of stories from the international press.


POLAND

Israeli and Polish educators have


announced a new museum honouring
non-Jews who risked their lives to save
Jews from the Holocaust. The museum,
set to open in Warsaw in 2018, will
feature interactive 3D videos of the

heroes, many of whom have been


recognised by Israels national Holocaust
museum Yad Vashem.

NETHERLANDS

Detectives reviewing the killing of an


Israeli woman in The Netherlands 26

years ago have arrested an Israeli


man. Mother-of-two Miriam Sharon
was stabbed to death in The Hague
in 1990. Her murder went unsolved,
but the latest DNA techniques led
to the arrest of career criminal
Daniel Amunah, now 52.

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Editorial comment and letters


ISSUE
NO.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

VOICE OF THE JEWISH NEWS

981

Hate expectations
Remember the days when anti-Semitism meant straightforward Jew
hatred? Time was when racism meant hating someone for their race,
colour or ethnicity. As of this week, it means any number of checklist
items. And some relate to Israel.
We all know anti-Semites. Theyre the thugs in front of a St Georges
flag ranting against the Jewification of Golders Green. Theyre the
crazed imams telling impressionable young Muslims that Jews kill
babies. Theyre historians who say the Holocaust is made up, or French
comedians who say Jewish journalists should be gassed.
They were rarely the university campus activists who thought the
way Israel treated its Palestinian or Arab minority was unfair. They were
rarely the social activists who advocated not buying products from West
Bank settlements.
As of this week, they might now be called anti-Semites too.
It follows Theresa Mays announcement that the UK will adopt the
International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of this age-old
hatred. The list of things the IHRA considers anti-Semitic is much longer
and more extensive than any previously used.
Was it needed? Its true that anti-Semitism evolves. It moves with the
times. Israels existence gave haters of Jews new avenues to hate. But you
can hate Israel and have no problem with Jews. You can criticise Israel
and not be anti-Semitic.
Checklist examples can help identify when someone oversteps the
mark. But if you need a checklist to tell you when someones an antiSemite, theres a more fundamental problem.

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WE WON, SO GET OVER IT


Having been criticised in the letters
pages of 1 and 8 December editions
for my support of Brexit and Donald
Trump, I feel I must answer. The attacks by right-wing extremists in the
UK and US are unforgivable. Sadly,
these people will always be with us.
Nevertheless, I feel the liberal left
are far more dangerous to the Jewish
community as they pretend to sympathise with us when the truth is just
the opposite, hence the rise of Cor-

byn, McDonnell and the Momentum


movement, our implacable enemies.
I believe it was Stalin who called such
people useful idiots.
However, this year, Chanukah and
Christmas coincide, double the season of goodwill, so I wish my critics
well, but cannot resist telling them
again: You lost, we won, get over it!

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Re the danger of Trump,


America is regional; politically, it is a federation. The
influential Washington Post
says of Trumps campaign
manager: In choosing Stephen Bannon to be the CEO
of his campaign, Trump has
accomplished the extraordinary. He has found someone as outrageous as he is.
Trump will find the
presidency a lot different
from big business. When
he starts giving orders to
the State Department, the
Pentagon, old money and,
especially, state governors,
his frustration will cause him
to lose even more hair.

As a fellow Liberal Jew, I take


issue with Rabbi Charley
Baginskys article (Jewish
News, 17 November) implying Jews should have voted
for Remain in the EU vote.
It is not the same as the
vote for Trump in America.
As far as we can tell, Trump
is a trade protectionist; Brexiteers believe in free trade.
This is a serious moral issue.
The EU Customs Union is
equivalent to the Corn Laws
of 18151846, when high tariffs on imported grain
ensured high prices, forcing
the poor to spend most of
their money on bread, with
little left for other necessities.
The EU uses high tariff barriers, subsidies and draconian
regulations against things
such as GM foods to starve
poor countries (e.g. in Africa
and the Caribbean) into submission. It forces up prices
for UK consumers and ensures poor countries export
only raw commodities at rock
bottom prices rather, than
investing in manufacturing.
This creates a cycle of
dependency on international
aid and exacerbates the refugee problem.

Norman Bright
By email

Sidney Sands
By email

Martin Greenberg
Redbridge

Sketches & kvetches

THE EU RULES THAT


MAKE THE REFUGEE
PROBLEM WORSE

THE PRESIDENCY IS
A LOT DIFFERENT
FROM BIG BUSINESS

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Editorial comment and letters

The legality of Balfour

EXCLUDING THESE
CHILDREN FROM
SCHOOL IS RACIST

So-called right-minded people


(albeit some genuinely) regard the issue of the Balfour Declaration and its
supposed illegality as a challenge to
the right for the existence of the State
of Israel. While this interpretation of illegality may be valid (and maintained
honestly), it is advantageous and onesided to interpret this as an absolute
judgement on the Jewish nation.
Nothing in life is perfect. Indeed
it is often wrong, flawed; sinful. But
no human endeavour can escape this
problem because we are exactly that,
human. It does not mean Israel has
foregone the right to be a country.
Even Hitlers defeated Germany
did not have that imposed on them.
Far less, then, a civilised democracy
like Israel, for all her problems.
It is absurd that people should see
Balfour as tantamount to an absolution of the right to statehood and says
much for those concerned about and
angry with Israels future that there is
such a debate on her legitimacy.
Israels crimes are her crimes and
as with the crimes committed by all
nations must be addressed. But to

use this as a sop to challenge her


basic rights is appalling.
Let the world not forget that the
Jews are a blessed race who gave
their Bible to Christianity and Islam,
the two largest religions on the planet.
And while they were promised a
home by God, they were a people
without a homeland for cruel century
upon cruel century. It is a greedy hope
to deprive them of their dream, especially post-Holocaust, and it should
be remembered that God did indeed
promise us a promised land.

I was saddened, upset and


angry at the Chief Rabbis
exclamation that Donald
Trump is racist. He should
stick to his cloistered existence and keep out of the
realms where he does not
belong. He is ill-informed and
is using his privileged position
to make frivolous and inaccurate statements.
The organisation he is
head of, the United Synagogue, uses a racist reason to
exclude innocent children of
Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers from attending
schools under his jurisdiction,
as it would encourage intermarriage!
Trump is not racist far
from it. He has the right forum to treat the ills of todays
world. No other politician
seems to be able to do so, as
we have seen.

Simon van Someren


Westminster

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ITS NOT ALWAYS ETHICAL


One would like to believe animal
welfare is the number one priority
in UK kosher slaughterhouses, as
claimed by Shimon Cohen, Shechita
UK (Jewish News, 8 December. However, this has not been the case in Israel, the US and South America, where a
kosher stamp means nothing in terms
of ethical treatment of animals.
Undercover footage in UK slaughterhouses reveals the true horrors that
take place, in spite of all the UK and
EU regulations and guidelines. Apart
from the actual method of killing,
people who work in slaughterhouses
become desensitised to the suffering
of animals and when speed equals

profit, abuse becomes inevitable.


Perhaps Shimon Cohen would be
happy to arrange a visit to a kosher
slaughterhouse for those who would
like to see proof of ethical treatment
and slaughter with their own eyes.
If not, the words of Paul McCartney
come to mind, If slaughterhouses had
glass walls, we would all be vegetarians. Furthermore, Mr Cohen only
refers to slaughter but ignores the fact
that cruel factory farming methods
are a prerequisite to and are supported by our kosher meat industry.

Leona Wieder
Hendon

My relief over UJS vote


I was hugely relieved to read that members of the Union of Jewish Students
voted to roundly reject pro-BDS candidate Eran Cohen in last weekends leadership vote. Endorsing such a person would have sent the message that young
Jewish people in Britain are politically opposed to the Jewish state. Mr Cohen
received a palty 89 votes proving the opposite is clearly the case.
Emma Bennett
Winchmore Hill

08/11/2016 10:58

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Opinion

New year of anniversaries


just gives me the shudders
JENNI FRAZER

s we shake off the almost unmitigated awfulness of the year


2016 with the departures of
David Bowie, Leonard Cohen,
Victoria Wood, Shimon Peres and even
Fidel Castro, to name but a few, from the
world stage, I shudder slightly at what
lies in store for us in 2017.
My grandmother was very fond of the
saying Man proposes, God disposes, which
sounds even better in Yiddish Mann
tracht und Gott lacht.
I dare say the Almighty has rarely heard
a better celestial thigh-slapper than the
orange phenomenon which is Donald
Trump, but at least the world cant say it
wasnt warned.
But if there were anything to make the
communal hairs stand up on the back of the
communal neck, it is the smug pronouncements of Israelis in power as the secular new
year approaches.
In no particular order, but just because
hes there, is the centrist party leader,
Yair Lapid, now presenting himself as the

alternative to the prime minister, Benjamin


Netanyahu. Aware that Netanyahu is
involved in a bitter scrap to secure the heartland of the right wing, Lapid has waded in
with his own pronouncement.
We need to get the Palestinians out of our
lives, he says.
What we have to do is build a high wall
and get them out of our sight. There will be
no peace. We do not want two nations packed
into a single state.
Walls seem terrifyingly popular these
days, as president-elect Trump would no
doubt testify, given his predilection during
his election campaign for building a socking
great edifice in the south of the US in order to
keep out the Mexicans.
Both such ideas are stupid there is no
other word and I had mistakenly thought
better of Lapid. But then, as the UKs own
Andy Burnham has showed, there are some
politicians around will say anything to woo
and retain power.
Burnham, it may be recalled, took part in
Labour hustings at JW3 and pledged that if
he were elected he would have the story of

the Balfour Declaration taught, compulsorily, in every school.


While we wipe tears of relief from our
eyes that Burnhamgate did not succeed
and contemplate what we got instead
the fact is that 2017 is anniversary year
incarnate, with every few weeks providing
someone somewhere with an opportunity
for marking an historic milestone.
Besides the Balfour centenary, next year
will be the 50th anniversary of the Six Day
War, the 40th anniversary of Sadats visit
to Jerusalem, and 120 years since the First
Zionist Congress in Basel.
There will of course be intelligent ways
to commemorate these dates, and then I
am afraid to say there will probably be some
idiotic, jingoistic, set-peoples-backs-up

kind of events. Already, I understand, 2017


has been declared the Year of Jerusalem,
as, together with the anniversary of the Six
Day War, the reunification of the capital city
is being marked.
What would be wonderful would be if
such anniversaries offered the opportunities for hands reaching out across the literal
and metaphorical borders.
Let us banish talk of walls and try instead
to think what Israel has to show its neighbours, not just the Palestinians but other
Arabs in the region.
Let us set out to make 2017 a time of hope
and reconciliation. It can still be done, if we
will it.
It is one way we can amuse the Almighty
and his angels.

WALLS SEEM TERRIFYINGLY POPULAR THESE


DAYS, AS PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP WOULD NO
DOUBT TESTIFY, BUT THIS IDEA IS JUST STUPID

Enoughs enough time for


Labour Jews to call it quits
BRIAN GORDON

CONSERVATIVE COUNCILLOR, BARNET

eek after week, we read of


insidious outbursts emanating
from individuals within the
Labour Party, from all levels.
The statements are often dressed up as
anti-Zionist. However, some are so extreme
and outrageous that they can only be
construed as blatantly anti-Semitic.
Anti-Semitism within the Labour Party is
not new, but was latent and unexpressed.
The cause of its eruption so severely during
2016 can be summed up in two words: Jeremy
Corbyn.
Corbyn is the first leader of any major British
political party to hold views which, if not directly
anti-Semitic, are considered hostile by the
overwhelming majority of Jews in this country.
His antipathy towards Israel, his embracement
of the Palestinian viewpoint and his friendship
with Arab terrorist groups has characterised his
Parliamentary career for decades long before
the nightmare of his leadership of the Labour

Party was remotely contemplated.


Labour s report into anti-Semitism, led
by Baroness Chakrabarti, was a farce. In the
words of the Home Affairs Select Committee
commenting on the report, it was clearly lacking
in many areas, the party having become a safe
place for those with the most vile of opinions.
Corbyn would vigorously protest his dedication to the cause of anti-racism and his belief
in ethnic tolerance.He would cite the (temporary?) expulsion of the partys worst culprits
as evidence of his sincerity. But his own long
nasty track record and his most recent offhand
comments, such as the one about Israel and
Islamic State, show beyond doubt that respect
for the Jewish community and protecting
Jewish values are largely irrelevant to his neocommunist agenda.
In such an ugly climate, I have to ask all
current Jewish members of the Labour Party
what on earth they are still doing there.
How, in all conscience, can they continue to
support a party whose elected and re-elected
leader, along with the many like-minded cronies
he has promoted, holds the feelings of our
community in such contempt?

By remaining within the party, they are


effectively endorsing the new Labour leadership
and helping to increase its chances of forming a
future government.
There comes a time when an unwinnable
fight has to be abandoned, even if only temporarily. The Jewish struggle within Labour has
reached that stage. Had Margaret Thatcher been
equivalent to Corbyn in her views and opened
the floodgates to the volume of anti-Jewish
invective we now hear from within Labour, Im
sure I and many others would have walked.
There are some very honourable, selfrespecting Jews in the Labour Party. They must
be enduring political agony, and I feel sorry for
them. Some are prominent MPs such as Ivan
Lewis, Louise Ellman and Luciana Berger, or
past or present supremos like Lords Levy and

Mendelsohn. Others are hard-working councillors or activists in Labour Party associations.


If all those people were to quit the Labour
Party en masse, as part of a concerted resignation campaign, it could have a major impact
on the Corbyn-led leadership. The resignees
could remain as independent MPs, peers or
councillors until their next respective elections.
If the Corbynistas were ousted before that and
replaced with a renewed Blair-style leadership,
they would be at liberty to sign up to Labour
again and submit themselves for reselection.
Failing that, I suggest a more imaginative
idea. If the ex-Labourites could bring themselves to jettison their outmoded ideas and
realign their political outlook, they might just
find a welcoming new home in the Jewishfriendly, pro-Israel Conservative Party.

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ON EARTH THEY ARE STILL DOING THERE

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Jewish News 15 December 2016

Lifestyle / Toy Story day at hospital

Camp Simchas toy joy!


Mickey, Minnie and Bob the Builder team
up for a special outing, writes Brigit Grant

amp Simchas Toy Story took on


a Disney flavour last week when
Jewish News sent Mickey and
Minnie Mouse to Barnet Hospital
to distribute gifts.
Bob the Builder was also in tow, much to
the delight of some of the younger children,
who wanted their photos taken with the TV
hero, though the parents favoured selfies with
Minnie. Inside the costumes were Jewish News
supplements editor Brigit Grant, her sister
Harriett and nephew Dylan, who danced with
the medical staff on the Galaxy Ward.
Camp Simchas Toy Story begins each year
with the arrival of large boxes in the lobbies of
Jewish schools.
From that moment on, parents and pupils
bring in new toys and games to be distributed to
seriously ill children of all ages and denominations who will be spending the holiday season
in hospitals or hospices.
From the schools, the toys are delivered to
Kinloss Synagogue, where this year Yavneh
College sixthformers helped to package 7.000
donated gifts collected at 70-plus nurseries,

schools and community groups.


The Year 12 Yavneh students, who joined
the volunteers on packing day, also held their
own toy and fundraising drive as student Elan
Brooks, explained: Camp Simcha is one of
Yavnehs chosen charities to support this year
and we wanted to feed in to the Toy Drive, as
well as raise money.
Twenty of us have organised an event at
which we are screening the Toy Story film with
food and snacks donated by Kosher Kingdom,
and pupils have to bring a new toy or make a
donation to come along.
Volunteers at the packing day also created
canvas artwork for paediatriatic wards at the
Royal London and King Georges Hospitals.
Over the next week, the toys will be delivered to children in more than 110 hospital
wards and hospices and through community
nursing teams involving facilities including
Watford General, the Royal Free, Whittington,
UCLH and Great Ormond Street hospitals.
Camp Simcha UK is the only Jewish charity
to deliver toys to all children in hospitals on
this scale and at Barnet the nurses were very

The fun starts here - the Camp Simcha team prepares for the visit to Barnet Hospital

vocal about how much they appreciated the


generosity and the presence of Mickey, Minnie
and Bob.
It has certainly cheered up our day, said
the mother of Mumtaz , who received her
present in the playroom. With the help of GIFT,

a few hundred toys will also go to families who


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1 GOING NUTS!

Children at Kisharons
Tuffkid Nursery in Golders
Green began their Chanukah preparations in earnest
with young Gadi and Esther
making doughnuts.

2 FINANCIAL HELP
ORT UKs annual dinner saw 260 guests raise
more than 450,000 for
the charitys STEM (science, technology engineering, maths) and Jewish education programmes in the
former Soviet Union. ORT
UK chief executive Adam
Overlander-Kaye said:
STEM education is one
of the key building blocks
for employment in the 21st
century. Its through providing a first-rate science
and technology education
as well as giving them the
sustenance they need that
these young people can
become financially independent and break out of
the cycle of poverty.

And be seen!

3 POETRY AWARDS
Moriah Jewish Day
School pupils Tommy
Canter, Millie Hayeem and
Erin Sofronia were awarded
runners-up certificates after
taking part in the Harrow
Mayors Remembrance
Poetry Competition. The
children and headteacher
Ruth Gafson attended the
remembrance ceremony at
Harrow Civic Centre, after
which they were invited to
the Mayors Parlour, where
the children read their
poems aloud and received
certificates from the Mayor.

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More than 100 volunteers and staff members


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Jewish News 15 December 2016

Scene & Be Seen / Community / In association with www.norwood.org.uk

SUMMIT
1 OLAMI
GETS CREATIVE

ing during a trip before


Cobys barmitzvah at Stanmore Synagogue. He said:
I wanted to help a 13-yearold boy who has not grown
up in the same loving and
supportive environment
as me.

More than 1,000 Jewish


participants from 20 countries including the
J Life team (pictured)
joined together in the largest hotel in South America
for the global Olami Summit 2016. A gathering for
Jewish campus and young
professional communities,
idea-generators, educators,
funders and community
leaders collaborated to
create new initiatives.

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Norwood celebrated its


hard-working staff, who
have gained QCF Qualifications at Level 2 and 3 in
health and social care at a
special awards ceremony
at East Berkshire Golf Club.

LIBRARY
2 NEW
FOR HJPS

I WANTED TO
HELP A 13-YEAROLD BOY WHO
HAS NOT GROWN
UP IN THE SAME
LOVING AND
SUPPORTIVE
ENVIRONMENT

Budding politicians
enjoyed a visit from Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden
as he officially opened the
new library at Hertsmere
Jewish Primary School
(HJPS) in Radlett. The
library, which now features
soft seating and hundreds
of new books, was installed
following a major flood
in June, which damaged
the schools ground floor.
Dowden said: The library
looks fantastic and Im sure
this will be a wonderful
new learning facility.

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4 NORWOOD
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CHIPS
5 TIKVA
IN FOR 7K

Tikva held its annual poker


night at the Matcham Theatre in The Hippodrome
Casino. The evening raised
more than 7,000, which
will go towards its search
and rescue of the most
vulnerable Jewish children
in the Ukraine, Moldova
and Belarus, as well as
maintaining the needs of
the children living in Tikva
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OLAM TUNES
Barmitzvah celebrant Coby
Brown raised more than
2,600 for Emunah having
completed an eight-mile
sponsored walk of 38 London theatres. Accompanied
by his father, Jamie, the
Highgate School student
twinned his simcha with a
boy from Emunahs Afula
home, with the boys meet-

Pinner Synagogues community broke an unofficial


world record as they sang
Adon Olam to 75 different
tunes. In celebration of the
shuls 75th birthday, more
than 100 people took part
across 27 different groups,
including the synagogues
board of management.

Your simcha announcements


Leah Jacobs celebrated her
batmitzvah at The Aviv.

Rivka Moleman celebrated her


batmitzvah at London Jewish
Family Centre.
Photo by Hannah Paley

Photo by mummy loves you

Photo by mummy loves you

Katie Saleh celebrated her


batmitzvah at The Radlett Centre.

Photo by mummy loves you

Daniel Goldstone celebrated his


barmitzvah at Stanmore United
Synagogue.

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recent simcha?
Send your picture to
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Scene & Be Seen / Community

Jamis big night raises 325k


Photos by Yakir Zur

More than 270 guests showed their support for mental health charity Jami at its annual dinner at the Montcalm Hotel
in Marble Arch, raising more than 325,000 for vital services. Laurie Rackind, Jamis chief executive said mental
health was probably the most crucial healthcare issue of our generation, adding: We need your help to reach the
hearts and minds of our community. Ex-footballer Clarke Carlisle spoke about his struggle with depression.

Mayors Chanukah celebration


Photos by James OJenkins

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan jointly hosted a Chanukah reception at City Hall with the London Jewish Forum.
After the event Khan tweeted: Great to host early Chanukah celebrations and mark the contribution Londons
Jewish community make to our city. Chanukah sameach! Joining the mayor was Israeli ambassador Mark
Regev, LJF chair Adrian Cohen and several London Assembly members.

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A traitor in our midst


Paul Bogdanors research proves Rudolf Kasztner led
fellow Jews to their deaths, he tells Francine Wolfisz

or many of the 1,684 Hungarian Jews


who escaped Nazi persecution aboard
a specially-arranged train, Rudolf
Kasztner was a war hero and saviour.
But a new book, based on the testimonies
of survivors, reveals a more sinister side to the
man dubbed as the Jewish Oskar Schindler.
Indeed, it suggests Kasztner only managed
to strike the extraordinary deal with Adolf
Eichmann, one of the key architects of the
Holocaust, in return for deliberately deceiving
nearly 800,000 Jews into boarding trains to
Auschwitz.
Paul Bogdanor, author of Kasztners Crime,
said he found no joy in discovering the leader
of the Budapest Aid and Rescue Committee,
who became the key Jewish contact in
Hungary when the country came under Nazi
control in March 1944, had knowingly betrayed
thousands of lives.
In fact, when Bogdanor first began collating
material for his book 10 years ago, it was to
prove Kasztner, who was assassinated in
1957, was innocent of rumours circulating for
decades that he was a collaborator.
To my great shock and dismay I found the
evidence overwhelmingly pointed to guilt,
says the Bournemouth-based author and
researcher. It did not point to the guilt of the
Zionist Movement in Hungary, which tried
to save the Jews, but to Kasztner, who acted
as a traitor to both the Jewish people and the
Zionist movement.
Bogdanor pored over hundreds of documents, including the transcripts of a libel trial
that dealt with the same charges of collabora-

tion against Kasztner, which was held in Israel


during the 1950s, as well as papers from the
Jabotinsky Institute, Yad Vashem and the
National Archives.
Significantly, he also examined the testimonies of survivors that had been largely
overlooked by mainstream historians.
I think its a scandal the testimonies of
Holocaust survivors, which should be the most
important evidence, have never been used.
I think thats unacceptable, says Bogdanor.
These testimonies include accounts
detailing how Kasztner dissuaded young Jews
from trying to leave their families and escape
across the border.
For example, during a visit to his home
town in Kolozsvar, in May 1944, Kasztner
met with Dieter Wisliceny, a top-ranking SS
officer who worked under Eichmann and
was involved in the deportation of Hungarys
Jewish population.
Kasztner was told the Nazis planned to
fully liquidate the Jewish population. In order
for that to happen, he was required to deliberately deceive the community in Kolozsvar that
the escape routes from there to Romania, just
a few kilometres across the border, were no
longer accessible.
Kasztner acted on Nazi orders and directly
sabotaged the escape route of Jews ,which
could have been used by thousands to save
their lives, explains Bogdanor.
Yosef Reiss, a Holocaust survivor from a
nearby town, recalled in his testimony:
Kasztner was well aware that the young
people wanted to escape and he spread it
among the people they should not escape
and cause trouble for their families, that they
would all be sent to southern Hungary and
families would remain together and work in
agriculture.
Similarly Ruth Landau, the daughter of a
Holocaust survivor from Kolozsvar, said:
Like many others, my mother personally
heard Kasztner in his home town, in the
Kolozsvar Ghetto, assuring the towns Jews
who were collected there before being sent to
Auschwitz that they were going to work in the
bread fields.

Above: Hungarian Jews arrive at Auschwitz in the summer of 1944. Below: Rudolf Kasztner

As a result of his deception, some 18,000


men, women and children from Kolozsvar
were sent to the gas chambers.
For Bogdanor, the proof is undeniable that
Kasztner collaborated with the Nazis. He said:
The truly shocking thing is that Kasztner even
admits in his post-war report that he actively
misled the Jews boarding the trains. Eichmann
had instructed that he wanted no fuss during
the deportations to Auschwitz. Kasztner then
said in effect he agreed to this so-called rescue
secret, which meant keeping the secret of
extermination from the victims.
Similarly, Bogdanors research points to
evidence that Kasztner deceived the wider
Jewish and Zionist community abroad, by
sending letters detailing how thousands of
Jews had been deported to the Birkenau
Industrial Centre.
Of course, he knew perfectly well they had
been gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau, he said.
For the 1,684 people who were saved by the
so-called Kasztner Train which included
the Jewish leaders relatives and friends
Bogdanor suggests they, too, were deceived,
because the passengers were told they were
being sent to Palestine.
However, there were never any visas for
Palestine and in fact the group were initially

sent to Bergen-Belsen. Bogdanor argues they


were in fact Nazi hostages something Kasztner was aware of and would only reach Switzerland six months later, when the deportation
of hundreds of thousands of Jews to Auschwitz
was complete.
What, then, drove a man like Kasztner to
betray his own community? Bogdanor believes
he was a man hungry for a position of power.
I think he was carried away by his megalomania and thought he was the sole person who
could deal with the Nazis. He became the most
important Jew in Hungary.
While he acknowledges Kasztner did try
to save the Jews and certainly did not want to
see the population annihilated, he nevertheless became an accessory to genocide. I didnt
come to any of these conclusions with joy, I was
greatly dismayed
by them, adds
Bogdanor. In a sense,
I would be delighted if I
could be proved wrong.
Kasztners Crime
by Paul Bogdanor is
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Lifestyle / Hereditary cancer exhibition

Making a blessing out of a curse


A poweful new exhibition by Israeli cancer
charity BRACHA highlights the risks of
hereditary breast and ovarian cancer as well as
the preventative measures, says Lisa Sanders

hen I walk into the packed


Tel Aviv gallery one steamy
midweek evening, Im forced to
do a double take. Im anticipating a group of well-meaning folk, soberly
dressed, even sombre. It is, after all, a
breast cancer-related event. The buoyant
crowd of trendy young people mingling,
sipping soft drinks and admiring the
artwork is not at all what Id anticipated.
Fabulous, so glad you could make it,
says Lisa Cohen, the founder and CEO of the
BRACHA charity, rushing over to greet me
and introduce me to David Scheinmann, the
London-based photographer and film-maker
whose work is on the walls around us.
BRACHA as well as being a play on the
Hebrew word blessing is a neat reference
to the letters BRCA, which are used to define
the genetic mutations in hereditary breast and
ovarian cancer. Cohen, who grew up in Cardiff
before moving to Israel, set up the charity in
2009 after both her mother and one of her four
sisters passed away from breast and ovarian
cancer in the UK. Back then, she, like many
people, had no idea that the diseases were
hereditary. Among the general population, one
in 400 people have a mutation in the BRCA

Photographer and film-maker David Scheinmann

gene. This figure shoots up to one in 40 among


the Jewish population, with Ashkenazi Jews
at highest risk. Women with a BRCA mutation
are up to seven times more likely to get breast
cancer and 25 times as likely to get ovarian
cancer.
When I tested positive for the BRCA
mutation, I went through the whole journey
alone, with not only a severe lack of support
but also so much ignorance from the medical
community, Cohen says, her Welsh accent still
peppering her English and her Hebrew.
Every woman has the right to know about
genetic testing, about surveillance, [about] riskreducing surgeries.
Cohen is a powerhouse of determination,
and shes angry at the medical establishment in Israel and abroad, which, she says,
is slow to recognise the thousands of women
who are silent carriers of the deadly mutations. BRACHAs team of volunteers provides
information, advice and support for families
and individuals facing these hereditary cancers.
Increasingly, they are helping BRCA-positive
women to opt for risk-reducing surgeries
mastectomy and reconstruction, the Angelina
Jolie operation as its become known, after the
Hollywood actress who underwent the procedure in 2013.
This art exhibition, entitled The Venus
Project, is Cohens latest venture designed to
raise the profile of the BRCA community. On
the walls are stunning portraits of 10 models
nine women and one man, who have all been
affected by the disease.
Photographer Scheinmann captures them
individually in and around a sunlit swimming pool. He says the inspiration came from
a 30-year fascination with one famous water
painting Botticellis Birth of Venus. For those
of us without a degree in art history, its the one
with the voluptuous naked lady goddess with
gold flowing hair, standing in a large seashell.
Its about the human spirit, Scheinmann
tells me. The images are all deliberately beautiful. I wanted to show that beauty sits on that

I WANTED TO
SHOW THAT
BEAUTY SITS
ON THAT EDGE
BETWEEN LIFE
AND DEATH
edge between life and death.
Scheinmann is best known for co-directing
indie comedies with his brother Danny. As
a photographer, he creates the album cover
artwork for big-name musicians like Tears
for Fears and Peter Gabriel. The Venus Project
came about through his long-standing friendship with fellow Londoner and art curator
Tamar Arnon.
I happened to know that [Tamars] mother
had 17 years earlier survived cancer and that
anecdotally this disease occurred frequently
in the wider family 17 years later Tamar
found herself in the fight of her life against a
cancer passed to her through this gene, and she
survived it, he says.
Tamar and her two sisters glamorous
women in their thirties are all involved
with BRACHA. Tamar, who lives in Highgate,
curated the exhibition, and younger sisters
Osnat and Efrat, both based in Israel, agreed
to pose for Scheinmann. Tamar was the
seventh member of her immediate family to

be diagnosed with cancer. Osnat calls herself a


previvor on finding out that she had inherited the BRCA mutation, she chose to undergo
preventive surgery to reduce her risk of ever
contracting the disease.
Today I am much stronger than I used to
be, Osnat says. I am worried for Efrat who is
also a genetic mutation carrier. I am worried for
my daughters; have they inherited this genetic
mutation from me? If yes, will they have access
to better approaches to hereditary cancer?
Efrat, the youngest sister, is an actress. So
far, she has not opted for preventive surgery,
but she doesnt rule it out in the near future.
Living with the knowledge that she, too, carries
the family gene mutation is, she says, the
sword swinging threateningly over me.
At the exhibitions opening, the models are
clearly delighted to come face to face with their
swimming pool portraits for the first time. I

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meet Yana, a beautiful 33-year-old whose
portrait shows the two livid scars across her
back, the result of cancer surgery that saved
her life. BRACHA, she says, referred her to
the best doctors and also put her in touch
with women in similar situations. She went
on to open a chain of fashion stores aimed
at women dealing with breast cancer.
Libby, who was pregnant during last
years photoshoot, has since given birth to a
healthy baby boy.
By 9pm, the room is heaving. We spill out
onto the roof terrace, where a PA system is
set up. After the thanks and the plaudits, the
call to arms. The battle against this hereditary disease is far from won, Cohen reminds
us. Sigal Ely Valenty, one of the models
featured in the exhibition, passed away six
months ago, aged just 42. She was married
and had three young children.
We need Lisa, and we need BRACHA,
says Eitan Friedman, professor of genetics
at Tel Aviv University. The medical profession is still only interested in treating sick
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Lifestyle / Prize-winning portraits

Celebrating beauty
Former footballer Kovi Konowieckis mesmerising portraits
of Orthodox Jews are on display, writes Fiona Leckerman

e was once used to donning his kit and shooting


goals but these days, Kovi Konowiecki is more
well-known for shooting prize-winning portraits.
So how exactly did the professional footballerturned-photographer end up exhibiting at the National Portrait
Gallery in London?
Two years ago, Konowiecki packed away his boots for Hapoel
Kfar Saba FC and left Israel to pursue his passion for photography. The transformation from sportsman to artist has reaped
rewards, as the American-Jewish talent was recently named
as third place winner in this years prestigious Taylor Wessing
Photographic Portrait Prize.
Two of his stunning images are now hanging in the National
Portrait Gallery and were taken as part of Bei Mir Bistu Shein,
which translates from the Yiddish as to me you are
beautiful, his study of an OrthodoxJewish family .
Aged 15, Konowiecki moved from his
native Long Beach, California, to Munich,
Germany, where he played for a youth
team. From then on, most of Konowieckis
life was immersed in sport, but he began
finding his desire to take photographs
exceeded his need to train.
It was this realisation that led
Konowiecki, now 24, to study photography
and he recently graduated with a Masters
from the University of the Arts in London.
I decided that photography was this
passion I couldnt suppress anymore,
so I started taking photographs for fun and then it turned into
something much bigger than that, explains Konowiecki, a
bright, articulate Californian, who admits he finds places such as
Bromley more inspiring than where he resides in Shoreditch.
For his project, Bei Mir Bistu Shein, Konowiecki took his idea
of capturing a series of family portraits to the only Orthodox
family he knew the rabbi of his childhood synagogue in Long
Beach who gave him permission to photograph him, his
children and grandchildren. He even put him in touch with his
extended family in London and Israel.
I have these very intimate portraits of the same family that
are represented by three different parts of the world,
says Konowiecki.

This project was a way for me to dig a little deeper into my


own identity, reconnect and get a better understanding.
The keen photographer was raised within a secular Jewish
family, but reveals that his Israeli-born mother made sure
Judaism was a part of his everyday life. Meeting with these
Orthodox families allowed Konowiecki a glimpse into a life
that he describes as luminal.
He explains: The Orthodox are very much part of modern
life. They use mobile phones, ride the underground and shop
in supermarkets just like everyone else, but at the same time
they have this ancient and archaic way about them in the way
they dress and their customs.
For Konowiecki, the hardest challenge of the project was
trying to convince the families to take part, but he reveals: Once
I was in the circle, it was easy and they knew to trust me. It really
is a reflection of my own Jewish identity and
wanting to represent the Jewish diaspora by
showing the same families scattered across the
world.
Poring over old family photographs and films,
Konwiecki struck upon the idea of incorporating
a floral background, to give his work a paintinglike quality, as well as capture the mysticism and
history of his subjects.
All my grandparents were Holocaust survivors, originating from eastern European shtetls,
so my idea was to create that shtetl environment
and feel by using these mystical floral backgrounds.
His intention was to celebrate of the beauty
of these families and the result is a series of portraits that are
both mesmerising and illuminating.
In the final portrait of the series, Konowiecki himself is
the subject, although as he reveals, it is a self-portrait that had
not been initially planned and shows him wearing a shtreimel
handed to him by one of his subjects after he had finished
shooting.
Konowiecki believes it was a fitting end to the collection and
says: This was a way for me to bring this full circle.

THIS PROJECT
WAS A WAY TO
DIG DEEPER
INTO MY OWN
IDENTITY AND
RECONNECT

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Photographs from the Bei Mir Bistu Shein series, including


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Sedra Vayishlach / Its Biblical / Orthodox Judaism

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Its Biblical

RABBI ALEX CHAPPER


How do you deal with disappointment? Do you allow it to
crush you or do you bounce back and try harder in the future?
The famous incident in which Jacob struggles with an angel
in the guise of a man, provides us with a profound insight. It
is not immediately obvious who emerges victorious from the
struggle. The text reads: When he saw he could not prevail
against him, he touched the socket of his hip, and the socket of
Jacobs hip became dislocated as he wrestled with him.
Although Jacob has the upper hand, he emerges injured,
while the angel escapes unscathed. This is unusual, because
we are more familiar with battles with a clear winner and loser,
but it teaches us there is sometimes a fine line between success and failure and both leave their after-effects.
The distinguishing feature is how we respond.
Having been injured, Jacob refuses to allow the incident
to pass without seeking a blessing from his counterpart. He
receives the blessing of a new name one that signifies his
ability to face challenges and emerge successfully.
Although it may not always be possible to see disappointment as a blessing, it is healthy to see it as an opportunity to
grow, accept the knocks and become stronger in the future.
As President Nixon said: True greatness comes not when
things go always good for you; true greatness comes when you
are really tested...Because only if you have been in the deepest
valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be atop the
highest mountain.

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mother, Maachah, was raped by their
half-brother Amnon, Absalom avenged
her two years later when Amnon was
drunk at a party.
Absalom fled to the independent
kingdom of Geshur, ruled by his
maternal grandfather.
After three years exile, David
readmitted Absalom to the Israelite
kingdom.

However, once back home Absalom


abused his reprieve by campaigning
with the populace, stealing their hearts
by offering them a better deal if only
they would replace David as supreme
judge.
Choosing his moment, Absalom
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seat of monarchy to Jerusalem.
David lost all his active following in
Israel and Judah, escaping Jerusalem
only with his foreign bodyguards.
The sons of Davids priests served as
his spies while he sought refuge on the
East Bank of the Jordan.

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Absaloms long hair caught in overhanging branches and as he swung
suspended, Davids Chief of Staff, Joab,
pierced Absaloms heart with three
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On hearing the news of Absaloms
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but the die had been cast from the
moment Absalom fell for the advice of
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When Absaloms own advisor,
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Progressive Judaism / The Bible Says What?! / Progressively Speaking

The Bible Says What?!

Progressively Speaking

What does the Torah teach us about


Amalek and dealing with evil?

How can we keep up the spirit


of volunteering all year round?

RABBI BENJI STANLEY


The Torah demands: Completely
wipe out any trace of Amalek. This
commandment is seemingly violent
and simplistic in equating eternal evil
with an external entity and we fear it
could be barbarously applied today.
Yet a closer reading yields selfreflective approaches. Hatred is fostered in an unequal society to which
we have contributed.
We sometimes feel sorry for Esau,
cheated of everything, and then
feared. In Genesis 36:12, we learn that
Timna was a concubine of Esaus son
Eliphaz: she bore Amalek to Eliphaz.
Through the linking of Esau and
Amalek, we learn that hatred to
come has been conceived in our own
unkindness.
A rabbinic midrash imagines that
Timna sought to convert back to
Judaism, but was rebuffed leading to
her and her childs hatred. Unkindness
begets unkindness. We should sow
the seeds of an inclusive society, and
not dismiss those we disagree with.
Amelek is inside of us. In Deuteron-

omy 25:18 we encounter an ambiguity


regarding our relationship to Amalek.
The verse can be translated they
ambushed you, when you were tired
and they were not God fearing or
they ambushed you, when you were
tired and you were not God fearing.
The battle with Amalek happens
just after Israel has descended into
cowardice and argument. This ambiguity teaches us to focus on our own
weaknesses, for these are connected
to our treatment of external threats.
When we left Egypt, Amalek
attacked us cutting down all the
stragglers at the back, showing that
Amalek is a tendency to attack societys weakest. Its an error to identify
Amalek with any particular people.
With careful reading, the Bible
speaks sensitively and complicatedly.
The commandment regarding Amalek
teaches us to take evil seriously, while
raising questions of our responsibility
in contributing and redressing it.

Benji is rabbi for young adults at

the Movement for Reform Judaism

BY RABBI LEAH JORDAN


With Mitzvah Day
closely followed by
International Volunteer Day, weve just
been through a pretty
intense period of social
action.
At the Liberal
Jewish
Synagogue
last month for Mitzvah Day, senior
Liberal rabbis wrapped presents for
refugee children alongside Orthodox
and Reform Jews, Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Hindus and atheists.
But why is volunteering so important to us as Jews, almost part of our
faith, in the same way as attending a
seder or lighting the menorah?
So much about volunteering

falls easily under the


idea of mitzvot acts
that the Talmud in
Shabbat 127a and the
Mishnah in Peah 1:1
identify as the things
that in some essential
religious sense are the
most important: Acts
of generosity and love giving hospitality to strangers, visiting the sick
making peace between companions.
The terminology volunteering
does not precisely capture what
perhaps the Jewish tradition sees
these mitzvot to mean. The tradition
itself speaks much more of mitzvot
as obligations and of the concept of
chesed, a concept my teacher Rabbi

ACTS OF LOVING-KINDNESS SHOULD


BECOME COMMONPLACE IN OUR LIVES

Shai Held defines as grace and lovingkindness, a grace we see in God and
want to enact in the world.
Within the Progressive Jewish
world, talk of obligation or chesed
can seem anti-individualist or
pietistic. I would push back against
these notions. In a world where kindness and connections in public life
are on the decline, I would argue
the Jewish concepts of mitzvah
and chesed are powerfully countercultural and much needed.
My hope is that Mitzvah Day and
International Volunteer Day can be
two days of the year in which we model
the way the other 363 days should
be. Acts of chesed should become
commonplace in our lives, and help us
realise the idea of doing precisely the
more difficult things like attending a
funeral or visiting the ill are the most
important everyday mitzvahs.
Leah is rabbi at Norwich
Liberal Jewish Community

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Grant set to lead Ghana in Gabon

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LENCHNER HELPS
HAMMER HMH

London Lions A moved up


into third spot in the Division
One Masters table thanks to a
crushing 7-1 win over HMH.
Paul Lenchner helped himself
to four goals, Bradley Lazarus
chipped in with two, with
Darren Dryer also on target.
London Lions B extended
their lead at the top of the
Division Two table to eight
points after Phil Mayer and
Andy Landesberg earned
them a 2-0 win over Temple
Fortune.
EDRS beat St Johns Wood
Tigers 3-0, Steve Krieger, Ian
Leader and Martin Seifert all
on target.

JAMES LEADS LIONS


TO EMPHATIC WIN
London Lions kept alive
their hopes of a league and
cup treble as they thrashed
Bovingdon 8-1 to reach the
quarter-finals of the Aubrey
Cup.
Top goalscorer James
Gershfield bagged another
hat-trick, Austin Lipman
scored twice, with Josh
Kennet, Jake Furman and
Adam Burchell also getting on
the scoresheet.

Avram Grant will take charge of Ghana at next


months Africa Cup of Nations after their Football
Association president confirmed the Israeli wouldnt
be sacked.
Speculation in local media suggested the 61-yearold would be replaced before the tournament starts
in Gabon following a string of poor results. However,
Kwesi Nyantakyi said: We have not discussed at any
meeting to replace Avram Grant. Maybe it would be
done in the future, but at the moment our focus is on
the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations to be staged in Gabon.

Grant will take charge of side in Gabon

SPEC suffer a Team thrashing


FC Team A booked their place into
the last 16 of the Peter Morrison Trophy
as four goals from Connor Perl, a
double from Adam Rones, plus Lorian
Madanes strike saw them win 7-3 at
SPEC.
Theyre joined by HMH, who beat
the Masters Rep Team 4-0, thanks to
Dan Hardouns brace, and efforts from
Dom Feldman and Clark Norton.
Oakwood A moved to within a point
of second spot in the Premier Division
after Dale Bradman and Jonny Quinn
goals saw them win 2-1 at Brady.
Redbridge A were beaten 3-2 at
London Lions A. Max Kyte, a Nate
Kashket own goal, and Harry Marlow
strike seeing them to the three points.
Raiders A moved up into fourth
spot thanks to a 6-0 win over Woodford
Wanderers. Matt Stock scored twice,
with David Dinkin, David Cohen, Josh
Morris and Adam Gold also on target.
Division One leaders London
Lions B suffered a heavy 6-2 defeat
at Scrabble. Josh Pugh and Danny
Sherman scored two each, with Adam
Waters and Josh Bharier making it a
sweet six.
Third hosted second and it saw the
former run out 3-1 winners, as Sam
Rank, Brad Gayer and Kane Hoops
all scored in Redbridge Bs win over
Raiders B.
Finchley City consolidated their

top-four spot thanks to a 7-2 win at


Hendon B. Jono Gaon scored four on
his debut, withAriel Weinstein,Sam
Leader andSam Kanter also on target.
Los Blancos won 3-2 at Oakwood B,
Avi Kestenbaum, Luke Strauss and Joel
Kutner all netting.
LEquipe made it nine wins in
ten games at the top of Division Two,
though did it the hard way as they came
away from bottom side Hertswood
Vale with a 4-3 win. Andy Smith scored
twice, with Grant Bates and birthday
boy Jonny Kay netting the winner.
Temple Fortune kept up their title
challenge as Jordan Sharifians hattrick, along with Aron Barnes strike
saw them win 4-3 at Real Hendon.
RC UK FC are up into third,
following an emphatic 11-0 win at
Raiders C. Player-manager Avi Markiewicz scored five goals, Eli Shebson,Dovi
Vogel, Aaron Luftig, Zalmy Cohen and
two own goals completed the rout.
The leagues top scorer, Richard
Fogelman, hit a hat-trick as Faithfold B
won 3-1 at Redbridge C, while FC Team
B claimed their second league win of
the season as Eddie Sternbergs double,
along with Adam Newsomes strike saw
them win 3-0 at Boca Jewniors.

Full review, match pictures,

video highlights & cup draw


at jewishnews.co.uk

Adam Rones scored twice for FC Team A

City that boycotts


Israel to host their
World Cup qualifier

Skaters secure top-two finish


Israeli ice skaters Alexei Bychenko and Daniel Samohin won gold and silver at the Golden Spin of Zagreb
tournament in Croatia. The annual figure skating
tournament brought to a conclusion the ten-event ISU
Challenger series.

Israeli government officials have hit out at


Spanish football officials after it was announced next years World Cup qualifier
between the two countries will take place in a
city which imposes a blanket boycott of Israel.
The game on 24 March will be held in
Gijon, where last January, extreme left and
socialist parties initiated the boycott.
An unnamed government official told Ynet:
It makes us sick that the team has to come
and play in a place that is boycotting the State
of Israel, even if it is just a declaration. Its
unclear to us why out of all places, Spain chose
to hold the game in this city.
The Israeli FA said: We have no information or explanation as to why Spain chose to
hold the match in Gijon. They do not need our
approval, of course. The relations between the

HAPOEL DOCKED
POINTS OVER DEBT

One of Israels most illustrious football teams has


been docked nine points as
a result of mounting debt of
over 2million.
Hapoel Tel Aviv, who last
won the Israeli league title
back in 2010, and appeared
in the group stages of the
Europa League in both 2012
and 2013, dropped to the
bottom of the table after
the Tel Aviv District Court
approved club owners Amir
Kabiris request for a stay of
legal proceedings.
Guy Luzons (pictured)
side drew 1-1 with Bnei
Yehuda at the weekend, with
the former Charlton Athletic
manager saying: I knew
Hapoel was in a bad state
when I came and I dont
regret my decision. We have
no choice and we must unite.
That is our only option in the
current situation.
Our main goal is to stay
up, that is far from a simple
task, but it is a challenge
which keeps me focused.

MACCABI TEL AVIV


TO DESIGN OWN KIT

Eran Zahavi scored in Israels last qualifier

associations are excellent. We play wherever is permitted, we dont mix sports with
anything else.

Maccabi Tel Aviv have


announced theyll be manufacturing their own football
kit instead of extending their
contract with Addidas which
runs out in May.
Club owner Mitch Goldhar
said: The Israeli league like
other similar size markets are
not being offered the range
of kit as in other European
countries by the large brand
manufacturers. Producing our
own kit will give us the flexibility we need. The Maccabi
Tel Aviv FC Brand will offer a
first class quality that our fans
deserve.

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MACCABI GB SOUTHERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
PETER MORRISON

GOAL OF THE WEEK

Lions Masters 1 Hendon A 0 (AET)


Faithfold A P Camden Park P
SPEC 3 FC Team A 7
HMH 4 Masters Rep Team 0

PREMIER DIVISION

Brady Maccabi 1 Oakwood A 2


London Lions A 3 Redbridge A 2
NL Raiders A 6 Woodford Wanderers 0
P W D L F Dif Pts
Hendon United A 9 8 1 0 37 26 25
Redbridge A
9 7 0 2 28 15 21
Oakwood A
9 6 2 1 22 15 20
London Lions A 8 5 0 3 18 0 15
NL Raiders A
8 4 2 2 33 21 14
FC Team A
8 3 1 4 22 -13 10
Brady Maccabi
8 2 1 5 19 -4 7
Woodford
10 1 1 8 11 -24 4
Camden Park
7 1 0 6 6: -13 3
SPEC FC
8 1 0 7 7 -23 3

DIVISION ONE

Brixton Old Boys 2 Athletic Bilbaum 7


Hendon United B 2 Finchley City 7
Oakwood B 2 Los Blancos 3
Redbridge B 3 NL Raiders B 1
Scrabble 6 London Lions B 2
P W D L F Dif Pts
London Lions B 10 6 2 2 34 16 20
NL Raiders B
9 6 1 2 35 18 19
Redbridge B
6 6 0 0 22 16 18
Finchley City
8 6 0 2 28 13 18
Scrabble
8 5 2 1 22 10 17
Oakwood B
9 4 1 4 28 10 13
Faithfold A
8 4 1 3 21 -2 13
Los Blancos
10 3 0 7 17 -5 9
Athletic Bilbaum 9 2 1 6 14 -18 7
Hendon United B 10 2 0 8 19 -16 6
Brixton Old Boys 9 0 0 9 5: -42 0

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DIVISION TWO

Boca Jewniors 0 FC Team B 3


Faithfold B 3 Redbridge C 1
Hertswood Vale 3 LEquipe 4
NL Raiders C 0 RC UK FC 11
Real Hendon 3 Temple Fortune 4
P W D L F Dif Pts
LEquipe
10 9 1 0 43 26 28
Temple Fortune 12 6 5 1 37 10 23
RC UK FC
9 6 1 2 44 32 19
Redbridge C
11 5 3 3 26 9 18
Faithfold B
9 5 2 2 34 12 17
Mill Hill Dons
11 5 1 5 29 -14 16
Catford & Bromley 9 4 1 4 28 8 13
Real Hendon
9 4 0 5 19 -6 12
NLRaiders C
11 3 2 6 28 -3 11
FC Team B
10 2 1 7 10 -20 7
Boca Jewniors
8 1 0 7 10 -34 3
Hertswood Vale 9 0 1 8 14 -20 1
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AARON LUFTIG (RC UK FC)


Scored his first ever league goal after
twisting and turning two men tight in
the area, before firing into the roof of
the net

SCOTT SHEAR (REDBRIDGE B)


Somehow got his fingertips to the
ball as a curling effort from 12 yards,
which was destined for the top corner,
was tipped round the post

QUOTE OF THE WEEK


DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UTD A)
Dovi Fehler missed a chance in the
last minute of extra time to take the
game to penalties that made Ronnie
Rosenthals look good

SUNDAYS FIXTURES:
Premier Division:
Camden Park vs Brady Maccabi
FC Team A vs NL Raiders A
London Lions A vs Oakwood A
Woodford Wanderers vs Hendon A
Division One:
Athletic Bilbaum vs Hendon United B
Finchley City vs Scrabble
Los Blancos vs Faithfold A
NL Raiders B vs Brixton Old Boys
Oakwood B vs Redbridge B
Division Two:
Catford & Bromley vs LEquipe
Hertswood Vale vs FC Team B
Mill Hill Dons vs Boca Jewniors
NL Raiders C vs Real Hendon
RC UK FC vs Temple Fortune

23 Goals:
Richard Fogelman (Faithfold B)

16 Goals:
Jonti Aremband (RC UK FC)
Jordan Sharifian (Temple Fortune)
15 Goals:
Zac Lewis (Hendon United A)
13 Goals:
Reiss Mogilner (Brady Maccabi)
Liron Mannie (NL Raiders A)
12 Goals:
Max Martin (LEquipe)
11 Goals:
Oliver Sade (Finchley City)
Michael Kenley (London Lions B)

Full chart: jewishnews.co.ukmgbsflleague-goalscoring-chart-week-14/

FA Trophy First Round:


Wealdstone 2 Wingate & Finchley 2
Wingate & Finchley 1 Wealdstone 2 (r)
P W D L F Dif Pts
Needham Market 23 12 7 4 40 7 43
Bognor Regis Town21 13 3 5 38 16 42
Havant & Water 20 12 4 4 38 16 40
Dulwich Hamlet 23 9 9 5 47 11 36
Leiston
18 10 5 3 45 18 35
Tonbridge Angels 19 10 4 5 30 8 34
Lowestoft Town 24 9 7 8 37 1 34
Enfield Town
22 8 9 5 38 13 33
Staines Town
25 9 4 12 45 -2 31
Folkestone Invicta 21 8 6 7 37 5 30
Harlow Town
21 9 3 9 33 -1 30
Kingstonian
23 9 2 12 36 -2 29
Billericay Town 22 7 7 8 30 3 28
AFC Sudbury
21 8 3 10 38 2 27
Worthing
21 8 3 10 37 -7 27
Wingate & Finchley18 8 2 8 26 -1 26
Merstham
20 6 6 8 37 5 24
Leatherhead
22 6 6 10 37 -4 24
Burgess Hill Town 18 6 6 6 24 -4 24
Hendon
23 5 9 9 29 -18 24
Met Police
21 5 6 10 27 -12 21
Canvey Island
21 5 5 11 28 -21 20
Grays Athletic
24 5 5 14 29 -22 20
Harrow Borough 17 5 3 9 14 -11 18
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football/wingate/

HAT-TRICK HEROES
Peter Morrison Trophy Connor Perl 4 (FC Team A) MGBSFL Div One Jono Gaon
4 (Finchley City) Div Two Avi Markiewicz 5 (RC UK FC), Richard Fogelman (Faithfold
B), Jordan Sharifian (Temple Fortune) Masters League Div One Paul Lenchner 4
(London Lions A) Aubrey Cup James Gershfield (London Lions) Watford Friendly
League U16 - Jonah Weiniger 6 (Hendon) U15 Josh Field 4 (London Lions Blue),
Sam Goldberg 4 (Hendon) U14 Adam Grossman (HMH Foxes) U13 Joseph
Bregman (London Lions Blue), Theo Keays (HMH Galaxy) U12 Daniel Attar 6, Aron
Harounoff 4 (Hendon), Yoni Marcus (both NWLJ), Joshua Danker (HMH Juniors)

RESULTS

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Watch match highlights
from Peter Morrison Cup tie
between:
Maccabi London Lions A &
Maccabi London Lions B

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Watford Friendly League U18 League Cup Brady Maccabi Blue 2 St Albans City
West 0 U16 Comets 1 London Lions White 4, Hendon 8 Aldenham Excel Tigers 0 Green
Division Brady Red 4 Olympiacos 1 Blue Division Omonia White 3 Brady Blue 2
U15 - Hendon 8 Aldenham Excel Wolves 0 Green Division HMH 1 London Lions 4
White Division Alexandra Park East 6 Brady Blue 4 U14 Hendon 2 HMH Panthers 0
Whetstone Wanderers 1 London Lions White 5, London Lions Blue 3 Belmont 0 Green
Division Alexandra Park South 10 Brady White 1, Brady Red 3 Hadley Rangers 1, AEK
Youth Black 4 HMH Foxes 3, Hendon United 2 HMH Panthers 0 U13 Hendon Netanya 4
Northwood 3 London Lions Blue 4 AC Finchley West 2, Chars Youth 3 London Lions White
0 Green Division Alexandra Park North 2 Brady White 1 Yellow Division Omonia
Youth 3 HMH Cosmos 0, HMH Fire 4 St Albans Rangers White 0 U12 Hendon White 8
Omonia Youth Silver 0 AFC Oaklands 1 London Lions Blue 3, Welwyn Pegasus 0 London
Lions White 1, London Lions Green 0 Belstone 2 Green Division Whetstone Wanderers 3
Brady Blue 0 Yellow Division HMH Juniors 6 Brady Red 1, Omonia White 1 HMH Galaxy
1 Purple Division NWLJ 10 HMH Bears 1 EXCEL League U13 Napsbury 4 HMH
Cobras 3, South Mimms 1 HMH Dynamo 1

MGB(S)F/MASTERS
WINGATE/LONDON LIONS

HERTFORDSHIRE
SENIOR LEAGUE
PREMIER DIVISION

Aubrey Cup:
London Lions 8 Bovingdon 1
P W D L F Dif Pts
London Lions
13 13 0 0 53 42 39
Bushey Sports Club 13 8 3 2 43 21 27
Belstone
12 8 3 1 39 19 27
Standon & Puck
17 8 3 6 44 6 27
Bovingdon
14 8 1 5 45 11 25
Wormley Rovers 16 7 3 6 28 -5 24
Ware Sports
15 7 2 6 37 4 23
Knebworth
16 7 2 7 33 -6 23
Sandridge Rovers 11 7 1 3 17 9 22
Letchworth
14 5 4 5 32 9 19
Hatfield Social
14 5 2 7 26 -26 17
Buntingford Town 13 5 1 7 26 -9 16
Evergreen
15 3 3 9 22 -22 12
Chipperfield
14 2 2 10 31 -13 8
Cuffley
12 1 2 9 21 -13 5
Sarratt
15 0 4 11 14 -27 4
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football/lions

MMFL BOND
MANAGEMENT DIV 1
HMH 1 Maccabi London Lions A 7

NL Raiders
Chigwell
London Lions A
Brady Maccabi A
Scrabble
HMH

P
7
6
7
7
7
8

WD
7 0
4 0
3 1
3 0
2 1
1 0

L Dif Pts
0 19 21
2 8 12
3 -2 10
4 -4 9
4 -10 7
7 -11 3

MMFL BOND
MANAGEMENT DIV 2

London Lions B
St Johns Wood
EDRS Stonegrove
Glenthorne
Marshside
Temple Fortune
Hendon Harriers
Brady Maccabi B

P
8
9
7
7
9
8
7
7

W
7
4
3
4
3
3
1
1

D
1
1
3
0
3
1
1
0

L Dif Pts
0 27 22
4 9 13
1 8 12
3 2 12
3 -10 12
4 -3 10
5 -16 4
6 -17 3

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football/masters

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GARSTON
VETS LEAGUE
London Maccabi
Colney Heath
North Greenford
Garston
Winchmore Hill
Abbey F.C.
F.C.Deportivo Galicia
Latymer Old Boys

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football/masters

EDRS 3 St Johns Wood Tigers 0


London Lions B 2 Temple Fortune 0

For results, tables,


reports, photo galleries,
video highlights, go to:

P
3
3
3
3
1
5
2
2

WD
3 0
2 1
2 0
1 1
1 0
1 0
0 0
0 0

L Dif
0 15
0 10
1 4
1 -4
0 2
4 -13
2 -6
2 -8

Pts
9
7
6
4
3
3
0
0

ISRAELI
LIGAT HAAL

P W D L F Dif Pts
Hapoel Beer-Sheva 13 11 1 1 38 32 34
Maccabi Tel-Aviv 13 7 3 3 24 12 24
Maccabi Haifa
13 5 6 2 17 8 21
Mac Petach-Tikva 13 5 6 2 18 2 21
Hap Kiryat Shmona 13 4 6 3 19 3 18
Beitar Jerusalem 13 4 6 3 17 0 18
Bnei Sakhnin
13 4 4 5 11 -5 16
Hapoel Raanana 13 3 6 4 8 -2 15
Hapoel Tel-Aviv 13 3 6 4 11 -4 15
Hapoel Kfar-Saba 13 3 4 6 11 -6 13
Hapoel Haifa
13 4 1 8 17 -7 13
Ashdod
13 2 6 5 9 -8 12
Hapoel Ashkelon 13 2 5 6 8 -16 11
Bnei Yeh Tel-Aviv 13 2 4 7 9 -9 10
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7
8
9

1 SCOTT SHEAR

5 ZAC GARBACZ

9 ELI SHEBSON

2 JEREMY TEACHER

6 BEN LAMPERT

10 JONO GAON

3 GUY MORRIS

7 JOSH CRAMER

4 DAN STOCK

8 ADAM RONES

REDBRIDGE B
Produced one of his best performances
in a Redbridge shirt. Pulled off two
world class saves, was immense

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1
4

RYMAN LEAGUE
PREMIER DIVISION

20 Goals:
Avi Markiewicz (RC UK FC)

SAVE OF THE WEEK

TEAM OF THE WEEK

MGBFL
GOALSCORERS

2016/2017 SEASON

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FAITHFOLD B
Got two assists, put in some crunching
tackles and retained possession well
to boot

LONDON LIONS MASTERS


Was dominant at the heart of the Lions
defence from the first minute to last,
simply described as outstanding

SCRABBLE
Alongside Brandon Sassoon, completely
shut down the Lions attack at important
times in the game

HENDON UNITED A
Put in a tremendous shift and had his
best game in a Hendon shirt. Didnt
deserve to be on the losing side

MACCABI LONDON LIONS A


Strong performance against title
challengers Redbridge as Lions claimed
their most impressive win to date

LOS BLANCOS
Bossed the middle of the park with his
touch and movement, key to sides win
over Oakwood

FC TEAM A
Put in a brilliant performance for his
side as they beat SPEC to book their
place in the next round of the cup

RC UK FC
Opposition once again couldnt handle
him and he scored an excellent goal in
resounding win
FINCHLEY CITY
A stunning performance as he gave
a masterclass in finishing which saw
him crown his debut with four goals

11 JORDAN SHARIFIAN

TEMPLE FORTUNE
Scored another hat-trick including
a stunning third effort as Fortune
continue title challenge

PLAYER OF THE WEEK


GUY MORRIS
LONDON LIONS MASTERS

PLAYER-MANAGER OF THE WEEK


DAN JACOBS
LONDON LIONS MASTERS

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Sport / Terror alert/ Cup upset

Hapoel on high alert

Israeli team counting on Turkish


security for Europa League tie
By Andrew Sherwood
andrews@thejngroup.com
@JewishNewsUK

Hapoel Beer Sheva is confident Turkish


authorities can provide necessary security guarantees after being drawn against
Besiktas in the Europa League.
The tie will be played under heavy security
in the wake of two suicide attacks outside the
Turkish clubs stadium on Saturday, which
killed 38 people.
The Israelis travel to the country for the
game on 23 February one week after the first
leg in Israel.
A club spokesman told Jewish News: Were
not aware of any issues and are sure Besiktas
will do everything [necessary], they have a lot of
experience in hosting away teams in Europe.
A UEFA spokesman also expressed confi-

dence that the Israeli club would be safe, saying:


Were happy that all the necessary measures
will be taken by the host club, together with the
local authorities to ensure the safety and security
of the players, the match officials and the spectators.
The Israelis booked a place in the last 32 of
the competition by earning a 1-1 draw at Southampton on Thursday, knocking out the Premier
League side in the process. Maor Buzaglo, who
scored their crucial goal, told Jewish News the
team believe they can take on anyone in the
competition. He said: We dont fear anyone in
the last 32, were not scared of any other team.
We believe in ourselves, we were mentally strong
against Southampton as we had to be, we play
to win and this team is going forward.
Admitting it was tough to get the score draw
they needed to qualify, he said: I played one of
the hardest games of my career, it was against a
strong team in a strong atmosphere, but we [as
a team] know what were doing and we did what
we needed to do.
Maccabi Tel Aviv failed to join BeerSheva in
the last 32. Despite beating Irish side Dundalk
2-1, AZ Alkmaars 3-2 win over
group winners Zenit St Petersburg meant they qualified at
the Israelis expense.

Main: Maor Buzaglo


celebrates his goal
against Southampton. Inset: Flags
outside Besiktas
stadium following
Saturdays attacks

Full reviews, match


pictures and video highlights:
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Holders Hendon stunned by Masters


Hendon manager David Garbacz was stunned after he
saw his side lose a Peter Morrison tie for the first time
in three year as they were sensationally beaten 1-0 by
London Lions Masters.
Saul Conway (pictured) scored an extra-time winner to end
their hopes of securing a fourth straight win. Garbacz said:
The whole squad including myself cannot remember ever
coming off a pitch so incredibly disappointed to lose a game.
We put our bodies on the line for 120 minutes against a
very good Masters team. To come away with a defeat
is devastating. They were supposed to be the ones
with the fitness problems, but we finished the game
like the walking wounded.
But theres no excuse for the defeat when
all is said and done they deserved the victory.
Weve won this cup for the last three
years running, so feel a huge sense of
loss this morning even the Redbridge
defeat on the adjoining pitch failed to
muster a smile.
We need to pick ourselves up

again and keep our title challenge going. This season can still
bring with it great success and joy so we cant be down for too
long.
The winning manager Dan Jacobs said: Were an experienced side with some very good players and today was a question of whether we could use that to get the better of what is
clearly a very good side. We showed good fitness levels and
good quality on the ball, Im very proud of them.
Few would deny that we were good value in the end for
the win. It was their goalkeeper making the saves and, while
they of course had their moments, I thought both with and
without the ball we looked in control.
For us, this game is simply about challenging ourselves.
Results are irrelevant, its about learning about each other
and just enjoying the game.
We entered this competition to get an extra game or
two in and so will look forward to whatever challenge
the next game throws at us.

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